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1st Edition

The Handbook of Federal Government Leadership and Administration
Transforming, Performing, and Innovating in a Complex World

ISBN 9781498756402
Published November 9, 2016 by Routledge
300 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Public management is context dependent, rather than generic. That may sound obvious, but in the late 1920s through the 1930s, a dominant strand of thought considered public administration to be a "single process," wherever practiced. Today by contrast, federal administration is distinguished from private enterprise, nonprofit management, and state and local governmental practices by the combined effects of its scope and scale; the constitutional separation of powers, federalism, and protection of individual rights; and administrative law requirements for stakeholder participation, representation, transparency, privacy, due process and other democratic-constitutional values. The Handbook of Federal Leadership and Administration is a state-of-the art guide to the unique features of federal administration, informed by the latest theoretical developments, research, and practical applications, and the leadership and management of federal agencies.

Written by "pracademics" with federal practitioners specifically in mind, the handbook is designed to bridge the gap between academic and applied public administration by identifying what resonates with practitioners as they search for usable theories and research findings to improve performance. Combining rigor and relevance in the study and practice of federal administration, it includes chapters on theory, history, reform initiatives, leadership, necessary skill sets, budgeting, power and influence, political embeddedness, change management, separated and shared executive, legislative, and judicial powers, effective communication, ethics, and emerging concepts and challenges. It will be essential reading for federal practitioners, scholars, and "pracademics" alike.

Table of Contents

1. The Bureaucratic Landscape: Origin and Implications for the Federal Leader

Patrick S. Malone

2. Federal Administrative Leadership in the American Political System

Robert F. Durant

3. Theory & Practice in Federal Government Executive Branch Leadership & Administration: Developing Rigorous Approaches to Effective Government

Bill Valdez

4. Leadership and Management: The Use of Distributed Power and Influence in a Changing Federal Government

Andrew Rahaman

5. Leadership Development: An Investment Necessary to Increase Federal Employee Engagement and Federal Government Productivity

Robert M. Tobias

6. Administering and Leading in the Federal Government: The Need for an Adaptive Leadership Approach for 21st Century Leaders

Ruth Zaplin and Bill Valdez

7. Leading with Integrity

Donald G. Zauderer

8. Communicating to Drive Engagement and Trust

Angelo Ioffreda

9. A Review of Federal Government Reform Initiatives since the Passage of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993

Nancy Kingsbury

10. Change Management in Federal Government Organizations

Ruth S. Wagner

11. Leading in the Context of Constitutional Government

Joseph V. Kaplan

12. Understanding the Federal Budget: Where Policy Meets Money

Neile L. Miller

13. Emerging Challenges for Federal Government Leaders

Data as an Asset - Big Data: Lost in Space

Joyce Hunter

Workforce Analytics: Data-Driven Human Capital Management

Anita Blair

Cultivating Resilience: A Modern Day Organizational Imperative

David A. Bray and Charles R. Rath

Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media in the Federal Government

Kim Mosser Knapp

The Entrepreneurial Species within the Federal Government Innovation Ecosystem

Avery Sen

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David H. Rosenbloom is a Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA.

Patrick S. Malone is a Professor and the Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA.

Bill Valdez is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA. He is also a Senior Vice President at an international consulting firm that specializes in energy, environment and science/technology policy.


"The editors have assembled a first-rate group of contributors to assess the enduring questions about federal executive branch leadership and bureaucratic service in America. The authors’ mix of academic and practical experience provides the reader a nice balance of perspectives. They recognize that effective federal bureaucratic leadership is more important than ever."Paul Teske, University of Colorado Denver, USA